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Japan's egg and milk glut does not extend to largest food bank

As corona crisis leaves farmers with too much, one-parent families go hungry

The demand for milk from schools has decreased drastically as they remained closed but cows still have to be milked in the spring which is calving season. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- Japan's agricultural sector could soon be reeling from a glut of eggs and dairy products with the closure of schools and restaurants due to the coronavirus pandemic, while the country's largest food bank is paradoxically facing a shortage as the number of users surges.

"The surplus eggs have nowhere to go if the coronavirus is prolonged," said a worker at a major egg company.

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